Swan Lake: New Poems 2018-2021
Reading Kottoor’s poetry is a pleasurable expedition that unravels all those little things and events that go unnoticed by most of us, while illuminating eternal concerns through them. His hauntingly original metaphors and enviable architectonics combine to create veritable artifacts of beauty. They are remarkable in that they present themselves to us without rhetoric or ambiguity. The poems—thoughtfully crafted, their images always right—display an emotional honesty that is rare in contemporary poetry.
On ‘Father, Wake Us in Passing’
This book ensures his place in Indian English Literature. Commonwealth Literature. Gopikrishnan Kottoor’s poetry comes of age in this sustained polyphony of his own voice: His poetry in the making gushes forth as the floodgates open. There’s no letup in the intensity of the pain or in the intensity of the poem... The lines break into a splendour of silver and gold.
Dr. Ayyappa Paniker
I found the book gripping and was unable to put down the book until read... The book is also a fitting tribute to one who nurtured both the poet and his obvious gift for poetry.
New Hope International, UK
On ‘Victoria Terminus’
Sombre, yet alluring poems that delve deep into the last vestiges of the soul... That these poems travel so well is a tribute to Kottoor’s abilities as a poet.
The Hindu Literary Supplement
On ‘Vrindavan, The Coloured Yolk of Love’
Only a poet who has imbibed the magic of those moonlit nights, read the Ashtapati and then lived it, can deliver such brimming lines... If you can dare to classify poetry, this could be one way of doing it: staccato, sensitive or sensual. Rapid-fire, isolated words dropped like rocks, suggesting, stuttering, throbbing, often hurting...
The Hindu Literary Supplement
On ‘Tell Me, Neruda’
Gopikrishnan Kottoor is a magical poet. The poems represent the essence of the poetic craft; deft, understated, yet conjuring landscapes, where private agonies, as well as sensual dreams become universal.
On ‘Reflections in Silhouette’
They reassure us, that neither Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, nor Yannis Ritsos have completely exhausted the regenerative potential of love poetry, and that fresh metaphors, novel phrases, and evocative images can revitalize the romantic tradition and make it truly contemporary.
On ‘My Blue Alzheimer’s Sky’
‘My Blue Alzheimer’s Sky’ is a must read for anyone who believes that poetry is rhyme and reason, pain and passion, storytelling and meditation-all in one.
Journal of the Poetry Society, India
...One feels grief dripping from the lines of a master poet...
On ‘The Painter of Evenings’
The Painter of Evenings offers a lot more than the poignant poems that paint pictures of pain and agony, sadness and sorrow. There is love poetry that almost rivals Neruda’s…This volume is a veritable treasure trove for poetry lovers…
In his short-illuminated poems, the strange and the sacred combine in unexpected ways...
Jeet Thayil (The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets)
This is a paperback book with Perfect binding. Book size is 6 x 0.54 x 9 inches. It has 238 pages with black & white text.
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